Suspected serial killer offered plea deal by prosecutors

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A former drifter charged with killing six people in Connecticut in 2003 and disposing of the bodies behind a strip mall has been offered a plea deal by prosecutors.

William Devin Howell appeared in New Britain Superior Court via video on Wednesday when the possible deal was disclosed.

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Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys provided details.

The 47-year-old native of Hampton, Virginia, is already serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the killing of a seventh victim. He’s being held on $10 million bond.

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Police say Howell was working odd jobs in Connecticut at the time of the killings.

A plea deal could spare the victims’ families from the ordeal of a months-long trial.

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Howell is scheduled back in court July 12 to either accept or reject the deal.

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